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Toronto Catholic District School Board

​Waste-Free Lunch Program

Waste Reduction Week: October 15 to 21, 2018  

Take the Waste-Reduction Week Challenge and participate all week long!
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of resource efficiency, responsible consumption and production, and promotes actions that recover more discards for recycling and conserve natural resources. We encourage TCDSB schools to take the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge during Waste Reduction Week to kick-off environmental awareness all year long!
Monday, October 15 - Waste Free Lunch Challenge Kick Off!
Tuesday, October 16  - Canadians Ecological Footprint
Wednesday, October 17 - Life of a Product
Thursday, October 18 - Circular Economy in Ontario
Friday, October 19 - Food Waste and Organics Diversion 

Click here for more information and resources.


Enter your class into the Waste-Free Lunch Contest!

Classes are encouraged to Tweet & Instragram photos of the creative ways they are reducing waste in the classroom, using the hashtag #wastefreetcdsb. 

​Social media posts will be monitored by the Environmental Committee, and the top three (3) classes in the Board with the most creative ideas and posts will be selected to win a Waste Free Lunch Kit for all the students in their classroom. See image below, water bottle colours may vary.


Toronto Catholic schools remain committed to introducing teaching opportunities for our students to become stewards of the earth through various initiatives.
Over the past several years many school have been able reduced their waste collection to once per week by participating in various programs such as ECO schools and implementing a Waste Free Lunch Program. 
In June 2010 Director's Council approved a report requesting that all schools introduce a Waste Free Lunch Program. Schools that implemented a daily waste free lunch program were able to reduce their waste  and increase the school’s diversion rate up to 79%.
Currently ninety five schools have a Waste Free Lunch Program.
This Board-wide initiative will continue to educate our students around environmental issues and best practices, reduce the waste going to landfill sites, and improve the Board’s environmental footprint
1. Lunches and snacks should be packed in re-usable containers not in disposable bags.
2. In order to avoid spills, we ask you to use containers that are re-sealable.

3. To ensure the safety of students who suffer life threatening, anaphylactic reactions, please place all foods    in reusable containers in their original package or wrapper. This will allow the food ingredients to be clearly indicated and help all staff and students to be aware of possible allergens introduced in the school environment.


4. Leftover food, which can be disposed of in the green bin program at the school if it is currently available​; or brought back home in their containers by your child 
Thank you for your continued support and on-going commitment to the environment.


Tools to assist with Waste Free Lunch


2012 Waste-Free Lunch Challenge and Waste Reduction Week at St Henry